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Re: [Tigers] Opinions Please: LAT-70 Repro Wheels Better

To: rfraser@bluefrog.com, 'MAURO D'ANGELO' <m_dangelo@verizon.net>,
Subject: Re: [Tigers] Opinions Please: LAT-70 Repro Wheels Better
From: Tony McNulty <bamcnulty@optonline.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 15:48:34 -0500
Early mags definitely were leakers!  I put a set of BWAs on my Tiger back in 
1972 and one of them won't hold its air for even a month -- less than that 
in this cold CT weather!  I think I'm leaning toward a modern 15" wheel this 
time around.

Tony McNulty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ron Fraser" <rfraser@bluefrog.com>
To: "'MAURO D'ANGELO'" <m_dangelo@verizon.net>; <tigers@autox.team.net>
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2010 3:29 PM
Subject: Re: [Tigers] Opinions Please: LAT-70 Repro Wheels Better 

> I don't have any LAT-70 wheels so I can't speak of their quality but
> I remember seeing MAG wheels in the 60's and 70's that had porosity
> problems.   I remember one person who bought a set of MAGS and the first
> thing he had to do was paint the tire side of the wheel so it would hold 
> air
> longer.  I think the my first words about that was "your kidding me", he 
> was
> not.   This was a material and process problem.
> I believe some of the problem is associated with the design of the
> wheel's rim for use with today's tubeless radial tires.
> Personally I would buy new LAT-70 from Sunbeam Specialties that meet 
> current
> safety regulations; if I were in the market.  Safety first and always.
> Ron Fraser
> -----Original Message-----
> From: tigers-bounces@autox.team.net [mailto:tigers-bounces@autox.team.net]
> Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2010 8:10 AM
> To: tigers@autox.team.net
> Subject: [Tigers] Opinions Please: LAT-70 Repro Wheels Better
> thanOriginals???
> Hi everyone!
> I'm hoping buy a set of original LAT-70 wheels for my '66 Mark 1A
> (B382001355LRXFE) (TAC #709).  Since I emailed my interest to listers, 
> I've
> had several tell me that repro wheels are better, and much safer, than the
> original LAT wheels.  One explained to me that I should think hard about
> spending money on originals and this is why a couple of sets of original
> wheels sold for well under $1000 this past summer (no one wanted
> them???)...something about the originals not meeting DOT specs because 
> they
> can crack and disintegrate at speed?  Can you imagine?  Is this just an 
> "old
> wives tale, or is there really truth to it?
> What are your thoughts about this?  I don't really like the idea of having
> new parts on a classic car, and I really prefer original equipment to 
> repro,
> but I guess safety is king.  I can't imagine "investing" such money on
> essentially unusable collector items that will end up just taking up space
> on a shelf.
> Thanks for your opinions!
> Mauro
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